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“Otavalo market”
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Otavalo Market
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Otavalo Marketplace with Optional Lunch
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Otavalo
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This colorful Indian market takes place each Saturday and features some of the finest woven products in the region including ponchos, sweaters, wall hangings and shawls.
Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Otavalo market”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

Six of us spent a day traveling from Quito through the countryside, ending in Otavalo market. It was a lot of fun, with sections for tourists as well as locals. Everything was sold there, including livestock. Bargaining was necessary and fun. It's part of the culture. Everyone was pleasant.

Visited July 2012
3 Thank Nancy D
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Arroyo Grande, California
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“Otavalo, Cotacachi, and Cochasqui, Ecuador”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

We booked a tour for 2 with Alexander Lomas in Quito for 2 of us. We like Andean History so we asked if there were any ruins we might visit. He picked us up at our Hotel in a nice Ford Explorer and with a driver we went into the countryside. The highway was excellent with beautiful views and scenery. Lots of old volcano's. We went several miles on a cobblestone road past quaint houses to Cochasqui which is a collection of buried pyramids on a hillside. A local guide took us for a walk around them explaining the history and there is a small museum and replica of a dwelling. We also hand fed wild llamas. It was worth the stop. We then went to Cotacachi, "The Leather town", which has a long street lined with shops selling all kinds of leather goods at great prices. We had a nice lunch and then good shopping. Next we went to Otavalo and, even though it was a weekday, there was still a large market in the plaza selling typical Andean goods. Alexander was very flexible and accommodated our requests during the day, I recommend him highly. His English is excellent and he is very knowledgeable.

Visited June 2012
4 Thank Richard L
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Hillsburgh, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Local foo market”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

Everyone knows about the Otavalo market, the biggest in South America, But you need to go to the food market. Huge building about 5 blocks from the everyday market and one 1 block from the Saturday Market. Just ask to go to the Fruit Market, fruit is outside and meat and food vendors are inside. Totally an awesome experience in culture, not many tourist here, just locals and the restaurants buying their daily food.

Visited April 2012
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Hackensack, New Jersey
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“Lots of Fun”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

Took a day trip from Quito and enjoyed walking around and soaking up the local color. Prices were good but it helps to haggle a little and use whatever Spanish you know.

Visited February 2012
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“Not just for tourists”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

One of the best things about the market is that it's not just for tourists. Along with the touristy panama hats, figurines, and alpaca toys you can find locals shopping for everything from clothes, to string, to even produce if you walk down a side street. A visual feast of color as you walk around.

Visited August 2011
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